By Andi Rae Mills
The unfastened rocks and tight switchbacks had expense us helpful time. This used to be now not a spot we would have liked to get stuck after darkish. Edie and that i rode in silence as we negotiated the treacherous footing.
We had recognized we might face chance in this trip, yet I had by no means predicted something just like the state of affairs we have been at present dealing with.
My senses appeared pass stressed. At a time whilst I must have logically been bordering on panic, i discovered myself engulfed in an eerie experience of calm. worry used to be a luxurious we couldn’t find the money for in the interim. If we acquired off this mountain alive, there will be lots of time to be scared as we recalled the ordeal.
The path used to be tremendously slender. The climb were steep and rugged. we might succeed in an altitude in far more than seven thousand 400 ft as we rode the crest of Mt. Francis.
On our rapid left, a sheer rock wall rose vertically with occasional outcroppings that jutted into the path. Our knees, from time to time, rubbed the craggy rock face.
A look to the correct introduced no convenience. A serious drop off afforded us a view of the tops of bushes, hundreds and hundreds of ft lower than. We have been driving on a path that used to be not more than a slim ledge at the face of the mountain.
For a few cause recognized in basic terms to them, either horses insisted on jogging alongside the extraordinary periphery of the path. They appeared to consider more well-off at the part, instead of being crowded by way of the wall. either Edie and that i discovered ourselves sitting off middle and leaning a little towards the wall. If our horses misplaced their footing, we was hoping with the intention to bounce away from them and land at the path. A lump the dimensions of a softball threatened to choke me every time I heard a bit of the path disintegrate underneath our horse’s toes, sending rock and grime tumbling over the edge.
We had reached some degree of no go back. We had no inspiration what lay prior to us . . . there has been no approach to flip round . . . no solution to again the horses out of the place we have been . . . and at this element, dismounting used to be a actual impossibility as a result of shut proximity of the rock face and the slender width of the path. We either knew that we have been in a almost certainly lifestyles threatening scenario. If a cougar or a snake spooked the horses, we might all have a a technique price tag to the rocky backside of the canyon a ways below.
That ugly inspiration used to be nonetheless in my brain whilst our undesirable state of affairs grew decidedly extra complex. As I occupied with the path forward, my brain rejected what my eyes might truly see. Thirty ft sooner than us, the path easily disappeared! All i may see past that time was once air . . . and plenty of it. I questioned if Edie, who rode just a couple of toes in the back of me, observed what I observed . . . She did.
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A Distant Drum... by Andi Rae Mills